[:en]Failure & off-grid energy access: Why failure matters to development[:]


“Failure” – the word usually carries a negative connotation. But for entrepreneurs, policymakers, and NGOs working to provide energy access to people in the “last mile”, failure can actually provide important lessons. Is failure an important ingredient to success?

In this webinar, we’ll gather experts who will talk openly about their experiences with failure from a variety of angles and why failure is actually an important element in successfully delivering energy access to remote communities.

What have they learned from these so-called “failures”? Must one fail to succeed? Most importantly, how can these stories of failure (and success) help remote villages to access energy, education, healthcare, etc.?

Our webinar series is a little different: each expert will speak for less than 10 minutes and will focus on their on-the-ground experience using photos to tell their story.


  • Simon Batchelor, Director of Gamos, Ltd. and Impact and Learning Team Manager, Institute of Development Studies [Presentation]
  • Stewart Craine, Managing Director of VIA – Village Infrastructure Angels [Presentation]
  • Heidi Hafes, Communications and Business Manager, Shell Foundation [Presentation]


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